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We assembled genome-wide data from 271 ancient Iberians, of whom 176 are from the largely unsampled period after 2000 BCE, thereby providing a high-resolution time transect of the Iberian Peninsula.We document high genetic substructure between northwestern and southeastern hunter-gatherers before the spread of farming.We reveal sporadic contacts between Iberia and North Africa by ~2500 BCE and, by ~2000 BCE, the replacement of 40% of Iberia’s ancestry and nearly 100% of its Y-chromosomes by people with Steppe ancestry.We show that, in the Iron Age, Steppe ancestry had spread not only into Indo-European–speaking regions but also into non-Indo-European–speaking ones, and we reveal that present-day Basques are best described as a typical Iron Age population without the admixture events that later affected the rest of Iberia. Additionally,we document how, beginning at least in the Roman period, the ancestry of the peninsula was transformed by gene flow from North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean.
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The genomic history of the Iberian
Peninsula over the past 8000 years
Iñigo Olalde
*, Swapan Mallick
, Nick Patterson
, Nadin Rohland
Vanessa Villalba-Mouco
, Marina Silva
, Katharina Dulias
, Ceiridwen J. Edwards
Francesca Gandini
, Maria Pala
, Pedro Soares
, Manuel Ferrando-Bernal
Nicole Adamski
, Nasreen Broomandkhoshbacht
, Olivia Cheronet
Brendan J. Culleton
, Daniel Fernandes
, Ann Marie Lawson
Matthew Mah
, Jonas Oppenheimer
, Kristin Stewardson
, Zhao Zhang
Juan Manuel Jiménez Arenas
, Isidro Jorge Toro Moyano
Domingo C. Salazar-García
, Pere Castanyer
, Marta Santos
, Joaquim Tremoleda
Marina Lozano
, Pablo García Borja
, Javier Fernández-Eraso
José Antonio Mujika-Alustiza
, Cecilio Barroso
, Francisco J. Bermúdez
Enrique Viguera Mínguez
, Josep Burch
, Neus Coromina
, David Vivó
Artur Cebrià
, Josep Maria Fullola
, Oreto García-Puchol
, Juan Ignacio Morales
F. Xavier Oms
, Tona Majó
, Josep Maria Vergès
, Antònia Díaz-Carvajal
Imma Ollich-Castanyer
, F. Javier López-Cachero
, Ana Maria Silva
Carmen Alonso-Fernández
, Germán Delibes de Castro
, Javier Jiménez Echevarría
Adolfo Moreno-Márquez
, Guillermo Pascual Berlanga, Pablo Ramos-García
José Ramos-Muñoz
, Eduardo Vijande Vila
, Gustau Aguilella Arzo
Ángel Esparza Arroyo
, Katina T. Lillios
, Jennifer Mack
, Javier Velasco-Vázquez
Anna Waterman
, Luis Benítez de Lugo Enrich
, María Benito Sánchez
Bibiana Agustí
, Ferran Codina
, Gabriel de Prado
, Almudena Estalrrich
Álvaro Fernández Flores
, Clive Finlayson
, Geraldine Finlayson
Stewart Finlayson
, Francisco Giles-Guzmán
, Antonio Rosas
Virginia Barciela González
, Gabriel García Atiénzar
, Mauro S. Hernández Pérez
Armando Llanos
, Yolanda Carrión Marco
, Isabel Collado Beneyto
David López-Serrano
, Mario Sanz Tormo, António C. Valera
, Concepción Blasco
Corina Liesau
, Patricia Ríos
, Joan Daura
, María Jesús de Pedro Michó
Agustín A. Diez-Castillo
, Raúl Flores Fernández, Joan Francès Farré
Rafael Garrido-Pena
, Victor S. Gonçalves
, Elisa Guerra-Doce
Ana Mercedes Herrero-Corral
, Joaquim Juan-Cabanilles
, Daniel López-Reyes
Sarah B. McClure
, Marta Merino Pérez
, Arturo Oliver Foix
Montserrat Sanz Borràs
, Ana Catarina Sousa
, Julio Manuel Vidal Encinas
Douglas J. Kennett
, Martin B. Richards
, Kurt Werner Alt
Wolfgang Haak
, Ron Pinhasi
, Carles Lalueza-Fox
*, David Reich
We assembled genome-wide data from 271 ancient Iberians, of whom 176 are from the
largely unsampled period after 2000 BCE, thereby providing a high-resolution time transect
of the Iberian Peninsula.We document high genetic substructure between northwestern
and southeastern hunter-gatherers before the spread of farming. We reveal sporadic
contacts between Iberia and North Africa by ~2500 BCE and, by ~2000 BCE, the
replacement of 40% of Iberias ancestry and nearly 100% of its Y-chromosomes by people
with Steppe ancestry. We show that, in the Iron Age, Steppe ancestry had spread not only
into Indo-Europeanspeaking regions but also into non-Indo-Europeanspeaking ones, and
we reveal that present-day Basques are best described as a typical Iron Age population
without the admixture events that later affected the rest of Iberia. Additionally,we document
how, beginning at least in the Roman period, the ancestry of the peninsula was transformed
by gene flow from North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean.
The Iberian Peninsula, lying at the extreme
southwestern corner of Europe, provides
an excellent context in which to assess the
final impact of population movements en-
tering the continent from the east as well
as interactions with North Africa. To study the
genetic impact of prehistoric and historic events
in Iberia, we prepared next-generation sequenc-
ing libraries treated with uracil-DNA glycosylase
(UDG) (1) and enriched them for ~1.2 million
single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (2,3)
to generate genome-wide data from 4 Mesolithic,
44 Neolithic, 47 Copper Age, 53 Bronze Age,
24 Iron Age, and 99 historical-period Iberians
generated 26 radiocarbon dates (table S3). We
co-analyzed the new genomic data with previ-
ously reported data from 1107 ancient individ-
uals, including 132 from Iberia (Fig. 1B) (2,49),
and 2862 present-day individuals (10). We filtered
<10,000 SNPs, with evidence of contamination,
or first-degree relatives of others (table S1). We
analyzed the data with principal components
analysis (PCA) (Fig. 1, C and D), f-statistics (11),
and qpAdm (12) and summarize the results in
Fig. 1E. We confirmed the robustness of key
findings by repeating analyses after remov-
ing SNPs in CpG dinucleotides (table S5) that
are susceptible to cytosine-to-thymine errors
even in UDG-treated libraries (1).
Previous knowledge of the genetic structure
of Mesolithic Iberia comes from three individ-
uals from the northwest: LaBraña1 (2), Canes1
(5), and Chan (5). We add LaBraña2, who was a
brother of the previously reported LaBraña1
(figs. S1 and S2 and table S6), as well as Cueva
de la Carigüela (fig. S10), Cingle del Mas Nou,
and Cueva de la Cocina from the southeast. In
northwest Iberia, we document a previously un-
appreciated ancestry shift before the arrival of
farming (Fig. 2A, fig. S5, and table S7). The oldest
individual Chan was similar to the ~19,000-year-old
El Mirón, whereas the La Braña brothers from
~1300 years later were close r to central European
hunter-gatherers like the Hungarian KO1, with
an even more extreme shift ~700 years later in
Canes1. This likely reflects gene flow affecting
northwest Iberia but not the southeast, where
individuals remained close to El Mirón (Fig. 2A).
More data from the Mesolithic period, especially
from currently unsampled areas, would provide
additional insight into the geographical impact
and archaeological correlates of this ancestry shift.
For the Neolithic and Copper Age, we model
Anatolian Neolithic, El Mirón, and KO1 (Fig. 2A
and table S8). We replicate previous findings of
the arrival of Anatolian Neolithicassociated an-
cestry in multiple regions of Iberia in the Early
Neolithic (7,8,12); however, sampling from this
period remains limited and studies of larger sam-
ple sizes and additional sites will be important
to shed further light on the interaction between
the incoming farmers and indigenous hunter-
gatherers. For the Middle Neolithic and Copper
Age, we reproduce previous reports of an in-
crease of hunter-gathererrelated ancestry after
4000 BCE (6,7,12,13), with higher proportions
in groups from the north and center. Using our
observations about population substructure in
the hunter-gathererrelated ancestry during those
periods was more closely related to later north-
western (Canes1-like) hunter-gatherers than to
the El Mirónlike hunter-gatherers (Fig. 2A), pro-
viding clues about the source of this ancestry.
Our Copper Age dataset includes a newly re-
ported male (I4246) from Camino de las Yeseras
(14) in central Iberia, radiocarbon dated to
24732030 calibrated years BCE, who clusters
with modern and ancient North Africans in the
PCA (Fig. 1C and fig. S3) and, like ~3000 BCE
Moroccans (8), can be well modeled as having
ancestry from both Late Pleistocene North Africans
S10). His genome-wide ancestry and uniparental
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markers (tables S1 and S4) are unique among
Copper Age Iberians, including individuals from
sites with many analyzed individuals such as
Sima del Ángel, and point to a North African
origin. Our genetic evidence of sporadic contacts
with North Africa during the Copper Age fits
with the presence of African ivory at Iberian
sites (16) and is further supported by a Bronze
Age individual (I7162) from Loma del Puerco
in southern Iberia who had 25% ancestry re-
lated to individuals like I4246 (Fig. 1D and
table S16). However, these early movements
from North Africa had a limited impact on
Copper and Bronze Age Iberians, as North
African ancestry only became widespread in
the past ~2000 years.
FromtheBronzeAge(~2200900 BCE), we
increase the available dataset (6,7,17) from 7 to
60 individuals and show how ancestry from the
Pontic-Caspian steppe (Steppe ancestry) appeared
throughout Iberia in this period (Fig. 1, C and D),
albeit with less impact in the south (table S13).
The earliest evidence is in 14 individuals dated to
~25002000 BCE who coexisted with local people
without Steppe ancestry (Fig. 2B). These groups
lived in close proximity and admixed to form
the Bronze Age population after 2000 BCE with
~40% ancestry from incoming groups (Fig. 2B
and fig. S6). Y-chromosome turnover was even
more pronounced (Fig. 2B), as the lineages com-
mon in Copper Age Iberia (I2, G2, and H) were
almost completely replaced by one lineage, R1b-
tribution of incoming males than females, also
supported by a lower proportion of nonlocal an-
cestry on the X-chromosome (table S14 and fig.
S7), a paradigm that can be exemplified by a
Bronze Age tomb from Castillejo del Bonete
containing a male with Steppe ancestry and a
Iberians. Although ancient DNA can document
that sex-biased admixture occurred, archaeolog-
ical and anthropological research will be needed
to understand the processes that generated it.
For the Iron Age, we document a consistent
trend of increased ancestry related to Northern
and Central European populations with respect
to the preceding Bronze Age (Figs. 1, C and D,
and 2B). The increase was 10 to 19% (95% con-
fidence intervals given here and in the percent-
ages that follow) in 15 individuals along the
Mediterranean coast where non-Indo-European
Iberian languages were spoken; 11 to 31% in two
individuals at the Tartessian site of La Angorrilla
in the southwest with uncertain language attri-
bution; and 28 to 43% in three individuals at
La Hoya in the north where Indo-European
Celtiberian languages were likely spoken (fig. S6
and tables S11 and S12). This trend documents
gene flow into Iberia during the Late Bronze
Age or Early Iron Age, possibly associated with
the introduction of the Urnfield tradition (18).
Unlike in Central or Northern Europe, where
Steppe ancestry likely marked the introduction
of Indo-European languages (12), our results
indicate that, in Iberia, increases in Steppe an-
cestry were not always accompanied by switches
to Indo-European languages. This is consistent
with the genetic profile of present-day Basques
in Western Europe but overlap genetically with
Iron Age populations (Fig. 1D) showing substan-
tial levels of Steppe ancestry.
In the historical period, our transect begins
with 24 individuals from the 5th century BCE
to the 6th century CE from the Greek colony of
Empúries in the northeast (19)whofallinto
two main ancestry groups (Fig. 1, C and D, and
fig. S8): one similar to Bronze Age individuals
from the Aegean, and the other similar to Iron
Greek site of Ullastret, confirming historical
sources indicating that this town was inhabited
by a multiethnic population (19). The impact of
mobility from the central/eastern Mediterra-
nean during the Classical period is also evident
in 10 individuals from the 7th to 8th century CE
site of L'Esquerda in the northeast, who show
a shift from the Iron Age population in the
direction of present-day Italians and Greeks (Fig.
1D) that accounts for approximately one-quarter
of their ancestry (Fig. 2C and table S17). The same
shift is also observed in present-day Iberians
outside the Basque area and is plausibly a
consequence of the Roman presence in the pe-
ninsula, which had a profound cultural impact
and, according to our data, a substantial genetic
impact too.
In contrast to the demographic changes in the
Classical period, movements into Iberia during the
decline of the Roman Empire had less long-term
demographic impact. Nevertheless, individual
sitesfor example, the 6th century site of Pla de
l'Horta in the northeastbear witness to events
in this period. These individuals, archaeologically
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Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA, USA.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School,
Boston, MA, USA.
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany.
Departamento de Ciencias de la Antigüedad, Grupo Primeros Pobladores del Valle del Ebro
(PPVE), Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Ambientales (IUCA), Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain.
Department of Biological and Geographical Sciences, School of Applied Sciences,
University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK.
Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology, Department of Biology, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.
Institute of Evolutionary Biology,
CSIC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.
Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
Department of Anthropology and Institutes of Energy and
the Environment, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA.
Research Center for Anthropology and Health, Department of Life Science, University of Coimbra, Coimbra,
Departamento de Prehistoria y Arqueología, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain.
Instituto Universitario de la Paz y los Conflictos, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain.
Department of Anthropology - Anthropologisches Institut and Museum, Universität Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland.
Museo Arqueológico y Etnológico de Granada, Granada, Spain.
de Geografía, Prehistoria y Arqueología, Grupo de Investigación en Prehistoria, (UPV-EHU)/IKERBASQUE-Basque Foundation for Science, Vitoria, Spain.
Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya-
Empúries, L'Escala, Spain.
Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES), Tarragona, Spain.
Àrea de Prehistòria, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Spain.
Departamento de Prehistoria e Historia Antigua, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Valencia, Spain.
Departamento de Geografía, Prehistoria y Arqueología, Universidad del País
Vasco, Vitoria, Spain.
Fundación Instituto de Investigación de Prehistoria y Evolución Humana (FIPEH), Lucena, Spain.
Área de Genética, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Málaga, Málaga,
Institut de Recerca Històrica, Universitat de Girona, Girona, Spain.
SERP, Departament dHistòria i Arqueologia, Facultat de Geografia i Història, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona,
PREMEDOC Research Group, Departament de Prehistòria, Arqueologia i Historia Antiga, Universitat de València, València, Spain.
Archaeom. Departament de Prehistòria, Universitat
Autònoma de Barcelona, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain.
Universitat de Barcelona-GRAMP/Museu Arqueològic de l'Esquerda, Roda de Ter, Spain.
Laboratory of Prehistory, Research Center for
Anthropology and Health, Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.
UNIARQ, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal.
CEF, Department of
Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.
Cronos S.C. Arqueología y Patrimonio, Burgos, Spain.
Departamento de Prehistoria, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de
Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain.
Departamento de Historia, Geografía y Filosofía, Universidad de Cádiz, Cádiz, Spain.
Departamento de Geografía, Historia y Humanidades, Universidad de Almería,
Almería, Spain.
School of Dentistry, University of Granada, Granada, Spain.
Servicio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas y Prehistóricas de la Diputación de Castellón, Castelló de la Plana, Spain.
GIR PrehUSAL, Departamento de Prehistoria, Historia Antigua y Arqueología, Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain.
Department of Anthropology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA,
Office of the State Archaeologist, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA.
Departamento de Ciencias Históricas, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain.
Mt. Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA.
Departamento de Prehistoria y Arqueología, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
Departamento de Prehistoria y Arqueología,
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Madrid, Spain.
Departamento de Medicina Legal, Psiquiatría y Anatomía Patológica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
INSITU S.C.P., Centelles, Spain.
Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya-Ullastret, Ullastret, Spain.
Instituto Internacional de Investigaciones Prehistóricas de Cantabria IIIPC (Universidad de
Cantabria-Gobierno de Cantabria-Santander), Santander, Spain.
Arqueología y Gestión S.L.L., Fuentes de Andalucia, Spain.
The Gibraltar National Museum, Gibraltar.
Department of
Anthropology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK.
Institute of Life and Earth Sciences,
University of Gibraltar, Gibraltar.
Department of Life Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.
Paleoanthropology Group, Department of Paleobiology, Museo Nacional de Ciencias
Naturales (MNCN)Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid, Spain.
Departamento de Prehistoria, Arqueología e Historia Antigua, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras,
Universidad de Alicante, San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain.
Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arqueología y Patrimonio Histórico (INAPH), San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain.
Alavés de Arqueología, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.
Departament de Prehistòria, Arqueologia i Historia Antiga, Universitat de València, València, Spain.
Museu Arqueológic Vicent Casanova,
Bocairent, Spain.
Estrats, Treballs d'Arqueologia SL, El Campello, Spain.
Era Arqueologia, Oeiras, Portugal.
Museu de Prehistòria de València, València, Spain.
GRAM Research Group,
Departament de Prehistòria, Arqueologia i Historia Antiga, Universitat de València, València, Spain.
Museu i Poblat Ibèric de Ca n'Oliver, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain.
Departamento de
Prehistoria, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
Museu de Prehistoria/SIP, Diputació de València, València, Spain.
Arqueovitis sccl., Avinyonet del Penedès, Spain.
Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.
Unitat d'Antropologia Física, Departament de Biologia Animal, Facultat de Biologia, Universitat de Barcelona,
Barcelona, Spain.
Junta de Castilla y León, Servicio de Cultura de León, León, Spain.
Center of Natural and Cultural Human History, Danube Private University, Krems, Austria.
of Biomedical Engineering and Integrative Prehistory and Archaeological Science, Basel University, Basel, Switzerland.
School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.
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interpreted as Visigoths, are shifted from those
at L'Esquerda in the direction of Northern and
Central Europe (Figs. 1D and 2C and table S18),
and we observe the Asian mitochondrial DNA
(mtDNA) haplogroup C4a1a also found in Early
Medieval Bavaria (20), supporting a recent link
to groups with ancestry originally derived from
Central and Eastern Europe.
In the southeast, we recovered genomic data
from 45 individuals dated between the 3rd and
16th centuries CE. All analyzed individuals fell
outside the genetic variation of preceding Iberian
Iron Age populations (Fig. 1, C and D, and fig.
S3) and harbored ancestry from both Southern
European and North African populations (Fig.
2D), as well as additional Levantine-related
ancestry that could potentially reflect ancestry
from Jewish groups (21). These results demon-
strate that by the Roman period, southern Iberia
had experienced a major influx of North African
ancestry, probably related to the well-known
mobility patterns during the Roman Empire
(22) or to the earlier Phoenician-Punic pres-
ence (23);thelatterisalsosupportedbythe
observation of the Phoenician-associated Y-
chromosome J2 (24). Gene flow from North
Africa continued into the Muslim period, as
is clear from Muslim burials with elevated North
African and sub-Saharan African ancestry (Fig.
2D, fig. S4, and table S22) and from uniparental
markers typical of North Africa not present
among pre-Islamic individuals (Fig. 2D and
fig. S11). Present-day populations from south-
ern Iberia harbor less North African ancestry
(25) than the ancient Muslim burials, plausi-
bly reflecting expulsion of moriscos (former
Muslims converted to Christianity) and repo-
pulation from the north, as supported by histor-
ical sources and genetic analysis of present-day
groups (25). The impact of Muslim rule is also
evident in northeast Iberia in seven individu-
als from Sant Julià de Ramis from the 8th to
12th centuries CE who, unlike previous ancient
individuals from the same region, show North
Africanrelated ancestry (Fig. 2C and table S19)
and a complete overlap in PCA with present-day
Iberians (Fig. 1D).
Our time transect allowed us to track frequen-
cy changes of phenotypically important variants
over the past 4000 years (fig. S9), a period that
has been minimally sampled in the ancient DNA
literature not just in Iberia but in Europe more
generally. Before this work, it was known that
the lactase persistence allele at rs4988235, which
is present at moderate or high frequencies in
most European populations today and is one of
the strongest known signals of selection in
Europeans (26), occurred at extremely low fre-
quencies in Europe through the Bronze Age (2),
raising the question of when it became common.
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Fig. 1. Overview of the ancient Iberian genetic time transect. (A)
Geographic distribution and (B) dates of new and previously reported
samples. Random jitter is added for sites with multiple individuals. Sites
mentioned in the text are labeled. (C) PCA of 989 present-day west
Eurasian individuals (gray dots), with ancient individuals from Iberia and
other regions (pale yellow) projected onto the first two principal
components. (D) Section of the PCA in (C) marked with the dashed box.
(E) Schematic representation of events documented in this study.
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Here we show that in Iberia, the allele continued
to occur at low frequency in the Iron Age (fig. S9)
and only approached present-day frequencies in
the past 2000 years, pointing to recent strong
Beyond the specific insights about Iberia, this
study serves as a model for how a high-resolution
ancient DNA transect continuing into historical
periods can be used to provide a detailed descrip-
tion of the formation of present-day populations
(Fig. 1E); future application of similar strategies
will provide equally valuable insights in other
world regions.
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Fig. 2. Genome-wide admixture proportions using qpAdm.(A) Modeling
Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Copper Age populations as a mixture of Anatolian
Neolithic, El Mirón, and KO1. Percentages indicate proportion of El Mirón +
KO1 ancestry. (B) Proportion of ancestry derived from central European
Beaker/Bronze Age populations in Iberians from the Middle Neolithic to the
Iron Age (table S15). Colors indicate the Y-chromosome haplogroup for each male
(table S4). (C) Ancestry proportions for individuals from three sites in northeast
Iberia dated between the 6th and 12th centuries CE. nrepresents the number of
individuals analyzed in each site. (D) Ancestry proportions for individuals from
southeast Iberia from the 3rd to 16th centuries CE (tables S20 and S21). Each bar
represents one individual, with associated mtDNA (top) and Y-chromosome
(bottom). Haplogroups with a likely recent nonlocal origin are bold.
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We thank I. Mathieson, M. Lipson, I. Lazaridis, J. Sedig, and K. Sirak
for discussions, and M. E. Allentoft, K.-G. Sjögren, K. Kristiansen,
and E. Willerslev for facilitating sample collection. We thank
M. Meyer for sharing the optimized oligo sequences for
single-stranded library preparation. We thank the different museums
(listed in the supplementary materials) for permission to study
archaeological remains. Funding: J.M.F., F.J.L.-C., J.I.M., F.X.O., J.D.,
and M.S.B. were supported by HAR2017-86509-P, HAR2017-87695-P,
and SGR2017-11 from the Generalitat de Catalunya, AGAUR
agency. C.L.-F. was supported by Obra Social La Caixa and by
FEDER-MINECO (BFU2015- 64699-P). L.B.d.L.E. was supported by
REDISCO-HAR2017-88035-P (Plan Nacional I+D+I, MINECO). C.L.,
P.R., and C.Bl. were supported by MINECO (HAR2016-77600-P).
A.Esp., J.V.-V., G.D., and D.C.S.-G. were supported by MINECO
(HAR2009-10105 and HAR2013-43851-P). D.J.K. and B.J.C. were
supported by NSF BCS-1460367. K.T.L., A.W., and J.M. were
supported by NSF BCS-1153568. J.F.-E. and J.A.M.-A. were supported
by IT622-13 Gobierno Vasco, Diputación Foral de Álava, and
Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa. We acknowledge support from
the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology
(PTDC/EPH-ARQ/4164/2014) and the FEDER-COMPETE 2020
project 016899. P.S. was supported by the FCT Investigator Program
(IF/01641/2013), FCT IP, and ERDF (COMPETE2020 POCI).
M.Si. and K.D. were supported by a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral
Scholarship awarded to M.B.R. and M.P. D.R. was supported by
an Allen Discovery Center grant from the Paul Allen Foundation,
NIH grant GM100233, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
V.V.-M. and W.H. were supported by the Max Planck Society.
Authors contributions: N.R., N.A., N.B., O.C., B.J.C., D.F., A.M.L.,
M.M., J.O., K.S., Z.Z., M.Si., K.D., C.J.E., D.J.K., M.B.R., W.H., R.P.,
and D.R. performed or supervised laboratory work. J.M.J.A., I.J.T.M.,
D.C.S.-G., P.C., M.Sa., J.T., M.L., J.F.-E., J.A.M.-A., C.Ba., F.J.B.,
J.B., N.C., E.V.M., D.V., A.C., J.M.F., O.G.-P., J.I.M., F.X.O., J.M.V.,
A.D.-C., I.O.-C., P.G.B., A.M.S., C.A.-F., J.J.E., A.M.-M., P.R.-G., J.R.M.,
E.V.V., K.T.L., J.M., A.W., G.D., B.A., F.C., A.Esp., G.d.P., A.Est.,
C.F., G.F., S.F., F.G.-G., T.M., A.R., J.V.-V., G.A.A., V.B.G., L.B.d.L.E.,
M.B.S., G.G.A., M.S.H.P., A.L., Y.C.M., I.C.B., A.F.F., D.L.-S., M.S.T.,
A.C.V., C.Bl., J.D., M.J.d.P.M., A.A.D.-C., R.F.F., J.F.F., R.G.-P.,
V.S.G., E.G.-D., A.M.H.-C., J.J.-C., C.L., F.J.L.-C., D.L.-R., S.B.M.,
M.M.P., A.O.F., G.P.B., P.R., M.S.B., A.C.S., J.M.V.E., M.Si., M.B.R.,
K.W.A., W.H., R.P., C.L.-F., and D.R. assembled archaeological
material. I.O., S.M., N.P., M.F.-B., V.V.-M., M.Si., C.J.E., F.G., M.P.,
P.S., and D.R. analyzed data. I.O., C.L.-F., and D.R. wrote the
manuscript. Competing interests: The authors declare no
competing interests. Data and materials availability: Sequencing
data are available from the European Nucleotide Archive,
accession PRJEB30874; genotype dataset is available as
supplementary material.
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... BC by populations originating in the Middle East (Martins et al., 2015;Zilhão, 2000Zilhão, , 2001. This change in mode of subsistence is associated with marked genetic discontinuity between Iberian Mesolithic and Neolithic populations and substantial replacement of the former by the latter, despite some degree of population admixture (Haak et al., 2015;Olalde et al., 2015Olalde et al., , 2019Villalba-Mouco et al., 2019). Moreover, bone adapts to various aspects of mechanical loading (Currey, 2006;Judex & Rubin, 2010;Judex, Gross, & Zernicke, 1997;Judex, Lei, Han, & Rubin, 2007;Lanyon & Rubin, 1984;Lanyon, 1984;Mosley & Lanyon, 1998;Mosley, March, Lynch, & Lanyon, 1997;Turner, 1998) and so several previous studies have demonstrated that the dietary changes that occurred in the Mesolithic -Neolithic transition impacted mandibular morphology (Galland et al., 2016;Pokhojaev et al., 2019;von Cramon-Taubadel, 2011). ...
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DNA preserved in ancient bones, teeth and sediments is typically highly fragmented and present only in minute amounts. Here, we provide a highly versatile silica-based DNA extraction protocol that enables the retrieval of short (≥35 bp) or even ultrashort (≥25 bp) DNA fragments from such material with minimal carryover of substances that inhibit library preparation for high-throughput sequencing. DNA extraction can be performed with either silica spin columns, which offer the most convenient choice for manual DNA extraction, or silica-coated magnetic particles. The latter allow a substantial cost reduction as well as automation on liquid-handling systems. This protocol update replaces a now-outdated version that was published 11 years ago, before high-throughput sequencing technologies became widely available. It has been thoroughly optimized to provide the highest DNA yields from highly degraded samples, as well as fast and easy handling, requiring not more than ~15 min of hands-on time per sample. © 2018, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Limited.
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The extent to which prehistoric migrations of farmers influenced the genetic pool of western North Africans remains unclear. Archaeological evidence suggests that the Neolithization process may have happened through the adoption of innovations by local Epipaleolithic communities or by demic diffusion from the Eastern Mediterranean shores or Iberia. Here, we present an analysis of individuals' genome sequences from Early and Late Neolithic sites in Morocco and from Early Neolithic individuals from southern Iberia. We show that Early Neolithic Moroccans (∼5,000 BCE) are similar to Later Stone Age individuals from the same region and possess an endemic element retained in present-day Maghrebi populations, confirming a long-term genetic continuity in the region. This scenario is consistent with Early Neolithic traditions in North Africa deriving from Epipaleolithic communities that adopted certain agricultural techniques from neighboring populations. Among Eurasian ancient populations, Early Neolithic Moroccans are distantly related to Levantine Natufian hunter-gatherers (∼9,000 BCE) and Pre-Pottery Neolithic farmers (∼6,500 BCE). Late Neolithic (∼3,000 BCE) Moroccans, in contrast, share an Iberian component, supporting theories of trans-Gibraltar gene flow and indicating that Neolithization of North Africa involved both the movement of ideas and people. Lastly, the southern Iberian Early Neolithic samples share the same genetic composition as the Cardial Mediterranean Neolithic culture that reached Iberia ∼5,500 BCE. The cultural and genetic similarities between Iberian and North African Neolithic traditions further reinforce the model of an Iberian migration into the Maghreb.
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We applied taphonomic analysis combined with geostatistical approaches to investigate the hypothesis that Cocina cave (Eastern Iberia) represents an acculturation context for the appearance of Neolithic Cardial pottery. In the 1970s, Fortea suggested that this important site was a prime example of acculturation because of the presence of early Neolithic pottery in late Mesolithic contexts. Since that time Cocina cave has been heralded as an example of indigenous hunter-gatherers incorporating Neolithic cultural elements into their lifeways. We analyzed the area excavated by Fortea in the 1970s by digitizing archaeological records and testing the spatial distribution of artifacts using geostatistical analysis and high-resolution AMS radiocarbon dating. We contextualized the findings by discussing key issues of archaeological depositions with the goal to better understand the palimpsest that usually occur in prehistoric sequences. Our analysis indicates that the mixture of Mesolithic and Neolithic materials resulted from taphonomic processes rather than acculturation.
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Archaeogenomic research has proven to be a valuable tool to trace migrations of historic and prehistoric individuals and groups, whereas relationships within a group or burial site have not been investigated to a large extent. Knowing the genetic kinship of historic and prehistoric individuals would give important insights into social structures of ancient and historic cultures. Most archaeogenetic research concerning kinship has been restricted to uniparental markers, while studies using genome-wide information were mainly focused on comparisons between populations. Applications which infer the degree of relationship based on modern-day DNA information typically require diploid genotype data. Low concentration of endogenous DNA, fragmentation and other post-mortem damage to ancient DNA (aDNA) makes the application of such tools unfeasible for most archaeological samples. To infer family relationships for degraded samples, we developed the software READ (Relationship Estimation from Ancient DNA). We show that our heuristic approach can successfully infer up to second degree relationships with as little as 0.1x shotgun coverage per genome for pairs of individuals. We uncover previously unknown relationships among prehistoric individuals by applying READ to published aDNA data from several human remains excavated from different cultural contexts. In particular, we find a group of five closely related males from the same Corded Ware culture site in modern-day Germany, suggesting patrilocality, which highlights the possibility to uncover social structures of ancient populations by applying READ to genome-wide aDNA data. READ is publicly available from
We describe a simple method for extracting polymerase chain reaction‐amplifiable DNA from ancient bones without the use of organic solvents. Bone powders are digested with proteinase K, and the DNA is purified directly using silica‐based spin columns (QIAquick™, QIAGEN). The efficiency of this protocol is demonstrated using human bone samples ranging in age from 15 to 5,000 years old. Am J Phys Anthropol 105:539–543, 1998. © 1998 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.
Noonan syndrome (NS), the most common RASopathy, is caused by mutations affecting signaling through RAS and the MAPK cascade. Recently, genome scanning has discovered novel genes implicated in NS, whose function in RAS-MAPK signaling remains obscure, suggesting the existence of unrecognized circuits contributing to signal modulation in this pathway. Among these genes, LZTR1 encodes a functionally poorly characterized member of the BTB/POZ protein superfamily. Two classes of germline LZTR1 mutations underlie dominant and recessive forms of NS, while constitutional monoallelic, mostly inactivating, mutations in the same gene cause schwannomatosis, a cancer-prone disorder clinically distinct from NS. Here we show that dominant NS-causing LZTR1 mutations do not affect significantly protein stability and subcellular localization. We provide the first evidence that these mutations, but not the missense changes occurring as biallelic mutations in recessive NS, enhance stimulus-dependent RAS-MAPK signaling, which is triggered, at least in part, by an increased RAS protein pool. Moreover, we document that dominant NS-causing mutations do not perturb binding of LZTR1 to CUL3, a scaffold coordinating the assembly of a multimeric complex catalyzing protein ubiquitination, but are predicted to affect the surface of the Kelch domain mediating substrate binding to the complex. Collectively, our data suggest a model in which LZTR1 contributes to the ubiquitination of protein(s) functioning as positive modulator(s) of the RAS-MAPK signaling pathway. In this model, LZTR1 mutations are predicted to variably impair binding of these substrates to the multi-component ligase complex and their efficient ubiquitination and degradation, resulting in MAPK signaling upregulation.